27 Jun 2005
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, IL
Originally published 1885 Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL
Transcribed by: Becky Jones
Samuel Strock, farmer, section 10, Sterling Township, is the son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Lehman) Strock, natives of Pennsylvania, and life-long residents of that State. Five of their seven children lived to mature age, namely: Mary A., Daniel, Catherine, Samuel and John L. Samuel was born Aug. 21, 1834, in Franklin Co., Pa., and was an inmate of the paternal home until he was 22. In the spring of 1856, he came to Illinois, and first went to Carroll County, where he worked three years as a farm laborer. In 1859 he took possession of a rented farm which he occupied four years. At the expiration of that time he bought a farm, which he conducted until the spring of 1865, when he sold it and bought 160 acres of land in Hopkins Township, Whiteside County. Two years afterward he again sold out, and in the spring of 1867 he bought the farm on which he has since resided, and which then included 100 acres of land. His property now includes 662 acres of land in the townships of Sterling and Hopkins, which is chiefly under cultivation. He has erected valuable buildings on his homestead.
Mr. Strock is a Republican in political sentiment.
He was married Feb. 3, 1856, in Mt. Carroll, Carroll County, to Mary A., daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Hershey) Emmert. His father and mother were natives of Maryland, and their 11 children lived to years of maturity. They were born in this order: Susan, Christine H., Andrew H., John J., Josiah, Alfred R., William, Mary A., Elizabeth H., Catherine and Louisa. Mrs. Strock was born May 2, 1838 , in Maryland. To her and her husband seven children have been born, who are named Millard A., Allison E., Homer C., Arthur W., Otto E., Linius L. and Ada E. Arthur W. died when between two and three years of age.
Mrs. Strock is a member of the German Baptist Church.